Morning meals, consisting solely of cereals or other carbohydrates, can disrupt the gastrointestinal tract, and subsequently lead to obesity and diabetes, said gastroenterologist and nutritionist Irina Potyanova.
According to the expert, carbohydrate breakfasts contribute to a sharp increase in blood glucose, which leads to the production of insulin by the pancreas, which converts part of the glucose into glycogen, and its excess into fat.
“As a result, the glucose level drops (because insulin is in excess), and often even lower than the level that was on an empty stomach. There is a feeling of hunger and weakness because the brain is already lacking glucose. Then the swing begins: when you want to satisfy hunger, you eat carbohydrates, glucose, and insulin levels rise again. If such a cycle is repeated throughout the day again and again, this leads to the development of carbohydrate dependence, “the gastroenterologist writes on his Instagram.
Frequent “carbohydrate traps” or “roller coasters”, as experts call the mechanism described above, can have unpleasant consequences. This leads to a “huge load” on the pancreas and weight gain (in the worst case, to obesity), and is also the most common cause of the development of type 2 diabetes.
“Carbohydrate meals cause a sharp increase in glucose, which blocks the hormone orexin in the brain, which is responsible for wakefulness. If you want to sleep after eating, then you went over with carbohydrates,” the expert said, adding that the release of insulin is the least stimulating breakfast. consisting of proteins, fats, and complex carbohydrates in the form of fiber.